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January 12, 2017

By Sean Moulton

Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution



Massive natural gas processing plant near Bloomfield, New Mexico The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program—the Toxics Release Inventory program—to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will incre

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

December 16, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

NRC Fines Nuclear Power Plant for Fire Safety Violation



NRC Engineering Area Assistant Lead Inspector Atif Shaikh examines pipes during the 95003 inspection at the Browns Ferry plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fined the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant $140,000 for safety violations involving fire watch and suppression procedures.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 14, 2016

By Halle Zander

Fossil Fuels Dodge the Law: What We’ve Done About it and What We Must Do



President Obama Signs Dodd Frank Dodd-Frank requires oil, gas, and coal companies to be more transparent; the Securities and Exchange Commission has finally implemented rules to enforce the law after years of effective resistance from the companies. Looking forward, Congress must also ens

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Transparency Efforts Expand in Public Natural Resource Management



The US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative webpage The United States joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2011, but it needs to continue prioritizing transparency, especially regarding natural gas. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in t

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 7, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Taxpayers Closer to Getting Fair Return on Public Natural Resources



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell The troubled Royalty-In-Kind program, which benefitted corporations that were extracting resources from public lands, was successfully terminated. But the job’s not done: the Bureau of Land Management needs to prioritize getting taxpayers a fair return on the use of renewable energies on federal lands. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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